The first of two historic national gatherings to consider the future of the Catholic Church in Australia will be held in Adelaide in October 2020, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has announced. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The celebration of the first session of the Plenary Council in 2020 will bring hundreds of Catholic leaders to Adelaide to discuss how the Church in Australia can continue its mission in a society that is changing and evolving.
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who for more than a decade has been a proponent of such a gathering, said he was delighted the first of two sessions will take place in South Australia.
“This will be a truly historic moment for the Catholic Church in Australia and it is an honour for the people of God in Adelaide to welcome their sisters and brothers from across the country and host such important conversations,” Archbishop Wilson said.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the selection of Adelaide is significant because of its location in Australia’s central corridor.
“We want to be as close to the heart of our country as possible,” she said.
“Adelaide will bring delegates of the Plenary Council together from all corners of our nation to south-central Australia."
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, the president of the Plenary Council, said the countdown to October 2020 and the final session in early 2021 is about to begin in earnest.
“This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost in the Catholic Church. As we do so, we begin the process of prayerful listening and dialogue that will help us consider the important question ‘What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?’,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
“This is not a process for the ‘inner circle’; this is a bottom-up process that will allow us all to consider how we can draw people closer to the message and teachings of Jesus in contemporary Australian society,” he said.
Adelaide will host opening Plenary Council session in 2020 (ACBC Media Blog)